UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces three-tier COVID-19 lockdown system

Boris Johnson described a new three-tier hierarchical system of COVID-19 alert levels.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday detailed a new three-tier hierarchical system of COVID-19 alert levels, which would classify local lockdowns across England as “medium, high or very high” based on their rates of transmission of coronavirus.

With the social diversity restricted inside and outside and the forced closure of pubs and other hotel establishments, a very high leverage effect will apply where transmission rates increase “the fastest”.

Speaking to Parliament, Johnson said the new categories are meant to “simplify and standardize” all of the different foreclosure rules already in place.

The new rules are due to be debated by lawmakers in the House of Commons on Tuesday before coming into effect from Wednesday, with the system being reviewed in a month’s time.

“This is not how we want to live our lives, but it is walking between the social and economic trauma of a complete lockdown and the truly economic costs of an unattainable epidemic,” Johnson told members of parliament. .

He said, “I must warn the House that the weeks and months will go on and test the finesse of this country. I am absolutely convinced that together we will succeed.

The Medium Alert Level or Level 1 is the lowest alert level, which will cover most areas of the country and include the current national measures of the “six rule” lockdown at 10:00 am at the close of gatherings and of the hotel industry.

Level 2, or higher vigilance levels, will already include restrictions in some local areas with a strict restriction on mixing indoors, but mixing outdoors is allowed under the six-digit rule.

The ‘very high alert level’, or level 3, would apply where the publicly funded National Health Service (NHS) could soon come under unrestricted ‘unbearable pressure’, as well as in Merseyside , which includes the city of Liverpool is included.

Johnson confirmed that most areas already subject to local restrictions – in addition to national regulations – would automatically fall into the “High Alert” or Tier 2 category.

In addition, Nottinghamshire, East and West Cheshire and a small area of ​​high peaks will also move to this level, following an increase in cases in these areas.

“We want to build as much local consensus as possible behind this more serious local action, which is why in each region we will be working with local government leaders on further action to be taken.” This will lead to further restrictions on hospitality, recreation and entertainment. Or the personal care industry, but retail, schools and universities will remain open, ”Johnson said.

“I believe taking action will be unforgivable, so I hope there can be rapid progress in the days to come,” he said, urging local leaders to support the government’s latest lockdown approach. . His call came as the Labor leader of the opposition. Sir Keyer Starr said he was “deeply skeptical” that the government plans to control the virus and gain public trust and called on Johnson to stop “flip-flopping”.

The criticism came as discontent in the hospitality industry grew over the forced shutdowns, with the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) issuing warnings of legal action against the government.

NTIA CEO Michael Kill said: “The industry is left with other options, but other sanctions are in place in the north of England by the government to legally challenge the so-called ” common sense “.” Represents thousands of pubs, bars and other hospitality businesses across the UK.

“These new measures will have a catastrophic effect on businesses overnight, and are further exacerbated by an inadequate financial aid package presented by the Chancellor in an effort to keep businesses going during this time,” he said.

Meanwhile, the daily coronavirus figures released by the UK government on Monday show an additional 13,972 confirmed cases and 50 more people with COVID-19 have died after testing positive in the past 28 days.

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